Par Dean Baquet, rédacteur en chef

Certaines années sont si mouvementées qu’elles sont considérées comme cruciales dans l’histoire, des années où les guerres et l’esclavage ont pris fin et de profondes fissures générationnelles ont éclaté au grand jour – 1865, 1945 et 1968 parmi elles. L’année 2020 rejoindra certainement cette liste. Il restera longtemps dans les mémoires et étudié comme une époque où plus de 1,5 million de personnes dans le monde sont mortes au cours d’une pandémie, des troubles raciaux ont envahi le monde et la démocratie elle-même a fait face à des tests extraordinaires.

Les photographies de cette collection capturent ces 12 mois historiques. Jeffrey Henson Scales, qui a édité l’année en images avec David Furst, a déclaré qu’il n’avait jamais ressenti autant de souffle et d’émotion à partir d’images d’une seule année – de la «joie et l’optimisme» d’un baiser du réveillon du Nouvel An à Times Square, aux foules en colère sur dans les rues de Hong Kong et dans les villes américaines, aux scènes de débats douloureux sur la race et la police, aux «tombes et cercueils apparemment innombrables à travers le monde».

La destitution d’un président américain a culminé début 2020. Mais deux photos prises fin janvier à Wuhan, en Chine, laissent présager un cataclysme plus important à venir. Dans une vue aérienne, les travailleurs de la construction construisent un hôpital géant pratiquement du jour au lendemain pour traiter des centaines de patients atteints du coronavirus. L’autre ressemble à une image fixe d’un film de science-fiction: un homme vêtu de noir, portant un masque blanc, est mort dans une rue de la ville; deux secouristes se sont éloignés de lui et ont regardé le spectateur – tous sauf leurs yeux cachés par des couvertures faciales et des combinaisons de protection blanches fantomatiques.

Puis le virus a balayé le monde, enregistré en images indélébiles. Les scènes de personnes réconfortant des membres de la famille bien-aimés à travers du verre et des téléphones portables sont déchirantes. Certaines des images les plus obsédantes sont celles du vide. Encore des villes. Les rues vacantes de Londres et la Place de la Concorde. Une station de métro désolée de Munich. Parmi les plus dérangeantes, on trouve une photo d’une remorque réfrigérée aménagée comme morgue de fortune à Greenwich Village.

Ponctuant ces scènes sont des photographies d’une élection américaine tumultueuse qui, même sans les ravages du virus, finirait par occuper une place importante dans les livres d’histoire. Au fur et à mesure que l’année avance, alimentée par les tirs de la police sur de jeunes hommes noirs, des images puissamment symboliques de manifestations commencent à apparaître. En mai, un manifestant solitaire porte un drapeau américain à l’envers devant un magasin d’alcool en feu à Minneapolis, pour protester contre le meurtre de George Floyd.

En 2020, une année où tous les aspects de la vie semblaient transformés, le processus de réalisation de ces photographies l’était aussi. Les journalistes sont des observateurs, pas des participants, mais le sens le plus frappant qui ressort des entretiens avec les photographes qui ont pris ces photos – décrit par M. Henson Scales comme le groupe le plus diversifié depuis plus de dix ans à organiser cette compilation annuelle – était à quel point ils aussi vécu ce dont ils ont été témoins. Personne ne pouvait échapper au virus et à la vitalité de 2020. Cela a donné aux photographes une perspective nouvelle. Et ils nous ont donné des images inoubliables d’une année historique de nos vies.

New York, 1er janvier

A Times Square, un début d’année bouillonnant qui amènerait une pandémie, une récession et une course au vaccin pour retrouver une vie normale.


Calla Kessler / Le New York Times

«Tout le monde était tellement plein d’espoir et excité de faire des proclamations que 2020 allait être leur année. Cela semble juste être une blague horrible maintenant. Il semblait que nous sonnions dans une année très spéciale, et nous l’étions, mais wow.

– Calla Kessler

Hong Kong, 1er janvier

Après des semaines de calme relatif, les manifestants pro-démocratie sont descendus dans la rue, reprenant les manifestations de masse qui avaient commencé en juin précédent.


Lam Yik Fei pour le New York Times

Des Moines, 5 janvier

L’ancien vice-président Joseph R. Biden Jr. a prié à l’église baptiste de Corinthe pendant sa campagne présidentielle, dans laquelle il a promis de restaurer «l’âme de l’Amérique».


Brittainy Newman / Le New York Times

Ce voyage dans l’Iowa était Brittainy Newman première fois sur la campagne électorale, et cette image provient de l’une de ses dernières occasions de photographier quelqu’un d’aussi près cette année.

«Ils priaient pour lui au cours de son voyage, sur cette piste qu’il suit, et pour qu’il devienne président et souhaitait que le monde ait quelqu’un de nouveau», a-t-elle déclaré. «Tout le monde essayait désespérément de croire. Même le visage de Biden – il regarde droit sur Clara Jones. Il la regardait juste, et ses mains – ils ne la lâchent jamais. Ils n’arrêtaient pas de dire «Amen, amen». Vous pouviez le sentir. C’était comme un crescendo. Tout le monde à la fin avait la chair de poule.

Arabie saoudite, 6 janvier

Le Dakar, un événement annuel d’endurance hors route qui s’est tenu dans des dizaines de pays, a été organisé en 2020 par le plus grand pays de la péninsule arabique.


Bernat Armangue / Associated Press

Caracas, Venezuela, 7 janvier

Les partisans de Nicolás Maduro ont tenté de bloquer la réélection de Juan Guaidó à la tête de l’Assemblée nationale. Depuis 2019, les deux hommes prétendent être le président légitime du Venezuela.


Adriana Loureiro Fernandez pour le New York Times

New York, 8 janvier

Fidaa Zaidan joue dans «Grey Rock», une pièce de théâtre sur un Palestinien qui décide de construire une fusée sur la lune.


Caitlin Ochs pour le New York Times

Forêt d’État de Bago, Australie, 10 janvier

Un cheval sauvage déshydraté et sous-alimenté était au bord de l’effondrement alors que l’Australie luttait contre l’une des pires saisons d’incendies de forêt de son histoire.


Matthew Abbott pour le New York Times

«Une fois qu’un incendie passe, les choses sont tellement calmes. Vous ne réalisez pas tous les insectes, tous les oiseaux, tous les petits êtres font ces bruits. C’est tellement déconcertant de marcher à travers cette forêt détruite et d’avoir un silence complet. « 

– Matthew Abbott

Milwaukee, 14 janvier

Le président Trump lors d’un rassemblement «Keep America Great», deux jours avant le début officiel de son procès de destitution pour obstruction au Congrès et abus de pouvoir.


Doug Mills / Le New York Times

Kansas City, Missouri, 19 janvier

Eric Fisher des Chiefs de Kansas City au stade Arrowhead. La victoire 35-24 des Chiefs sur les Titans du Tennessee en A.F.C. Le match de championnat a envoyé les Chiefs au Super Bowl LIV, qu’ils ont ensuite remporté.


Chang W. Lee / Le New York Times

Benghazi, Libye, 23 janvier

Après des années de conflit, les factions libyennes se sont brièvement rapprochées d’un cessez-le-feu, mais cette rue de Benghazi a mieux raconté l’histoire de la vie dans ce pays épuisé.


Ivor Prickett pour le New York Times

Ivor Prickett s’est rendu à Benghazi en Libye, d’où il s’était rendu des années plus tôt, après avoir obtenu la rare autorisation de photographier la partie orientale du pays.

«C’était fondamentalement méconnaissable», a déclaré M. Prickett après avoir eu la chance d’avoir un aperçu d’une partie de la nation qui avait été largement coupée aux étrangers pendant des années. «Je ne pouvais pas vraiment comprendre ce qui était où. Cela m’est revenu, mais c’était l’une des scènes les plus détruites que j’ai vues depuis des années, et cela en dit long parce que j’ai été à Mossoul et à Raqqa. »

Les fonctionnaires de Benghazi ont continué à éloigner M. Prickett de la vieille partie coloniale de la ville. Il a trouvé un moyen de se faufiler avec l’aide d’amis et a finalement persuadé les fonctionnaires de le laisser travailler là-bas.

«La nuit, c’était particulièrement émouvant, car il n’y avait pas d’électricité et était juste éclairé par les lumières des voitures», a-t-il déclaré. «Il y avait des gens qui vivaient parmi les ruines. C’était vraiment évocateur et effrayant. Et je me promenais et j’ai vu l’une des rues les plus détruites et j’ai vu cette lumière probablement aussi loin que l’œil pouvait voir à travers trois ou quatre pâtés de maisons au deuxième ou troisième étage d’un immeuble. Il avait l’air tellement déplacé dans ce bâtiment complètement vidé.

«J’attendais qu’une voiture descende dans la rue pour éclairer les bâtiments avec une exposition lente, puis juste par hasard, ce chat est passé devant la voiture, et c’était la photo. J’avais la voiture et le chat, et je savais que j’avais la photo et j’ai juste fait mes valises et je suis rentré chez moi.

Saint-Pétersbourg, Russie, 15 janvier

Lors du discours sur l’état de la nation du président Vladimir V.Poutine, affiché sur une façade, il a appelé à des changements constitutionnels qui lui permettraient de conserver le pouvoir après 2024.


Anton Vaganov / Reuters

Los Angeles, 22 janvier

Les nouveaux citoyens ont prêté serment au Los Angeles Convention Center.


Todd Heisler / Le New York Times

Caracas, Venezuela, 30 janvier

Milagros Vásquez, assise, a été refoulée par cinq hôpitaux alors qu’elle entrait en travail. Le système de santé publique du Venezuela a été bouleversé par une économie en panne, les maternités étant les plus endommagées.


Meridith Kohut pour le New York Times

Meridith Kohut voulait montrer à quel point l’effondrement économique au Venezuela ravageait le système de santé du pays en illustrant le sort des femmes enceintes.

Mme Kohut et Julie Turkewitz, chef du bureau des Andes pour le New York Times, ont suivi une femme en travail qui a été renvoyée de plusieurs hôpitaux avant de se planter devant un et de refuser de partir.

«Elle était en travail depuis 40 heures», a déclaré Mme Kohut. «Elle a juste dit:« Je n’irai pas essayer ailleurs. »Elle s’est finalement évanouie et un groupe d’autres femmes enceintes qui venaient de commencer le travail étaient là et elles et leurs familles ont tous commencé à frapper à la porte.

«Nous avions peur qu’elle meure. J’ai pris une photo d’elle quand elle s’est évanouie et sa mère criait et implorait de l’aide. Ensuite, tout le monde dans l’équipe du Times a laissé tomber nos caméras et tout et nous avons tous commencé à frapper à la porte aussi, puis ils l’ont finalement laissée entrer. Et malheureusement, son bébé est mort le lendemain matin.

«La crise est si grave que faire des funérailles équivaut à un an de salaire minimum. Elle n’a donc pas pu se permettre d’enterrer le bébé et a dû laisser le corps à la morgue. C’était absolument déchirant.

Wuhan, Chine, 24 janvier

Les équipes de construction ont travaillé 24 heures sur 24 dans un hôpital de campagne qui a été principalement construit en 10 jours pour aider à faire face à l’épidémie du nouveau coronavirus.


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Wuhan, Chine, 30 janvier

Un mois après le début de l’épidémie de coronavirus, des travailleurs en combinaison de protection contre les matières dangereuses ont soigné un homme âgé qui s’est effondré près d’un hôpital.


Hector Retamal / Agence France-Presse – Getty Images

Hector Retamal se souvient avoir pris le train de Shanghai à Wuhan, en Chine, en janvier, alors que la ville fermait à clé.

Une femme s’est approchée de lui et lui a demandé où il allait. «Ce n’est pas bon. C’est dangereux. N’allez pas à Wuhan », se souvient-il. «Les gens avaient vraiment peur du virus.»

M. Retamal est arrivé pour trouver une gare déserte et une ville fantôme d’une ville d’environ 11 millions d’habitants.

Lui et un vidéaste y ont passé environ 10 jours. Les deux hommes devaient souvent marcher, traînant leur équipement à travers la ville tentaculaire et essayant de garder un profil bas de la police, qui les renvoyait à leurs hôtels.

Il était surprenant de voir le corps d’un homme sur le sol non loin d’un hôpital, a déclaré M. Retamal. La scène s’est déroulée dans un chaos et une confusion absolus.

«Ma question était de savoir ce qu’il faisait là-bas», a déclaré M. Retamal. «Il n’a pas bougé et, wow, est-il mort? Je commençais à prendre des photos parce que c’était étrange et à ce moment précis, une femme a commencé à crier, en disant « Non, non, non », et elle nous a demandé de quitter les lieux, et elle était en colère. « 

D’autres personnes sont arrivées, ont entouré M. Retamal et lui ont dit de ne pas prendre de photos.

Tout le monde a gardé ses distances avec l’homme jusqu’à ce que des personnes vêtues de combinaisons de protection et de masques blancs arrivent et le placent dans un sac mortuaire jaune. Ils ont pulvérisé du désinfectant autour de la zone où il s’était couché.

La police a commencé à arriver et M. Retamal s’est précipité. Lui et ses collègues n’ont jamais officiellement confirmé que l’homme était mort de Covid-19; personne ne répondait à leurs questions.

Washington, 6 février

Le président Trump brandit une copie du Washington Post pour montrer sa bannière à propos de son acquittement lors du procès de destitution du Sénat.


Anna Moneymaker / Le New York Times

«Cet événement était une heure de lui dire, vous avez essayé et échoué. C’était festif. Il débordait de confiance. La salle était juste remplie de confiance.

– Anna Moneymaker

Des Moines, 3 février

Une liste complète de candidats attendait le soutien des démocrates de l’Iowa au début des caucus. Joseph R. Biden Jr., qui a remporté l’investiture de son parti, a terminé quatrième du concours.


Gabriela Bhaskar pour le New York Times

Nazaré, Portugal, 11 février

Maya Gabeira du Brésil sur la plus grosse vague jamais surfée par une femme, et la plus grande vague surfée par n’importe qui pendant la saison d’hiver 2019-2020, une première pour les femmes dans le surf professionnel.


Armando Franca / Associated Press

Armando Franca va à Nazaré, au Portugal, depuis une dizaine d’années pour voir les surfeurs braver d’énormes vagues.

«C’est fou d’être là et de regarder ces gens sortir dans une mer vraiment effrayante», a-t-il déclaré. «Chaque fois que j’y vais, je suis toujours étonné de ce qu’ils sont prêts à faire.»

La compétition a été particulièrement poignante pour l’une des surfeuses, Maya Gabeira, qui il y a plusieurs années a été blessée et a dû être sauvée dans ce qui aurait pu être un accident mortel sur les vagues.

Des milliers de spectateurs étaient alignés sur des falaises au-dessus de l’eau cette année.

«Les vagues sont si grosses que si vous êtes en contrebas près de la plage, vous ne voyez rien d’autre que des embruns et de la mousse», a déclaré M. Franca.

Les surfeurs sont prudents et organisés. Ils portent des gilets de sauvetage, transportent une petite bouteille d’oxygène et travaillent en équipe de deux, l’un sur un jet ski au cas où un surfeur aurait besoin d’aide.

Pourtant, les vagues sont énormes et dangereuses. Mme Gabeira a conquis une énorme vague de 73 ½ pieds, établissant un record pour la plus grosse vague jamais surfée par une femme.

Los Angeles, 24 février

Un service commémoratif public pour la star du basket Kobe Bryant et sa fille, Gianna, au Staples Center, où Bryant a joué pendant la majeure partie de sa carrière. Ils sont morts dans un accident d’hélicoptère.


Jenna Schoenefeld pour le New York Times

Seattle, 22 février

Les partisans de la sénatrice Elizabeth Warren lors d’un événement qui s’est tenu le même jour que les caucus du Nevada, dans lequel elle a terminé à la quatrième place.


Ruth Fremson / Le New York Times

Wuhan, Chine, 4 février

Un travailleur marchant dans un centre de congrès qui a été converti en hôpital temporaire pour soigner les personnes atteintes du coronavirus.


Chinatopix, via Associated Press

Washington, 4 février

La présidente Nancy Pelosi déchire sa copie du discours sur l’état de l’Union du président Trump. Plus tôt dans la soirée, il a refusé de lui serrer la main.


Erin Schaff / Le New York Times

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 2 février

Le sénateur Bernie Sanders dans un bureau extérieur la veille des caucus démocrates de l’Iowa. La publication des résultats de la course a été retardée par des erreurs et des incohérences.


Hilary Swift pour le New York Times

Laisamis, Kenya, 8 février

Le Kenya a lutté contre sa pire épidémie de criquets pèlerins en 70 ans, menaçant la sécurité alimentaire de millions de personnes.


Khadija Farah pour le New York Times

Jerez, Espagne, 29 février

La compagnie de flamenco de Manuel Liñán représente quelque chose de nouveau pour le grand public flamenco: une expression franche et joyeuse de l’identité gay.


Camila Falquez pour le New York Times

New York, 11 février

Rogan, un setter irlandais, lors de la 144e exposition canine du Westminster Kennel Club. Un caniche standard noir nommé Siba a remporté le premier prix du concours.


Victor Llorente pour le New York Times

«C’était à la fin de la journée et le chien était juste assis là, attendant juste.

– Victor Llorente

Riviera italienne, 1 février

L’écrivain français Gabriel Matzneff, qui pendant des décennies a écrit ouvertement sur sa pédophilie, s’est caché après qu’une de ses victimes se soit exprimée, ce qui a déclenché une enquête.


Andrea Mantovani pour le New York Times

Wuhan, Chine, 3 février

Pour contenir l’épidémie de coronavirus, le gouvernement chinois a bouclé Wuhan et a interdit la plupart des transports en commun et des voitures privées de ses rues.


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Pékin, 12 février

Un dîner solitaire dans un quartier réputé pour sa vie nocturne. Le gouvernement chinois a imposé des restrictions sur pratiquement tous les aspects de la vie au milieu de la crise des coronavirus.


Gilles Sabrié pour le New York Times

Hasankeyf, Turquie, 20 février

Près du site de l’ancien bazar de la ville, qui a été démoli pour faire place à un nouveau barrage. Le projet a inondé le Tigre, submergeant la vallée et déplaçant 70 000 personnes.


Mauricio Lima pour le New York Times

Cenate Sotto, Italie, 15 mars

Claudio Travelli, 61 ans, patient atteint d’un coronavirus, est examiné à son domicile. Le lendemain, sa famille a de nouveau appelé une ambulance car son état s’était aggravé.


Fabio Bucciarelli pour le New York Times

Un bilan inimaginable dans le monde

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Fin janvier, l’Organisation mondiale de la santé avait déclaré l’épidémie de coronavirus, identifiée pour la première fois à Wuhan, en Chine, une urgence sanitaire mondiale. Alors que le virus faisait son chemin à travers le monde, la peur de la contagion a tout changé dans la façon dont les photographes travaillaient, sapant l’intimité qui vient du temps passé à proximité de sujets.

Fin mars, Fabio Bucciarelli était à Bergame, en Italie, où les infections augmentaient. «C’était une sorte de laboratoire pour le monde», dit-il. « Mais il n’y avait pas d’images de l’intérieur. »

Chaque jour, la télévision italienne a rapporté un décompte des morts. Pourtant, M. Bucciarelli a déclaré: «personne n’était prêt pour cela».

Il a suivi des agents de santé à l’intérieur de la maison de Claudio Travelli, qui était atteint du virus, alors qu’ils l’examinaient. M. Travelli a finalement été emmené à l’hôpital, où il est resté trois semaines.

Début décembre, le bilan mondial de la pandémie avait atteint des chiffres effrayants: 65 millions de personnes malades et 1,5 million de morts.

M. Travelli ne faisait pas partie de ceux qui ont perdu la vie.

«Il a repris le travail et a recommencé à vivre sa vie», a déclaré M. Bucciarelli. «C’était l’une des rares histoires heureuses.»

Laghman, Afghanistan, 13 mars

Deux enfants sont passés devant des membres d’une unité des talibans dans une zone contrôlée par le groupe. En février, les États-Unis ont signé un accord avec les dirigeants talibans, préparant le terrain pour mettre fin à la plus longue guerre américaine.


Jim Huylebroek pour le New York Times

Jim Huylebroek essayait de photographier les talibans sur leur territoire depuis des années, se voyant constamment refuser l’autorisation lorsqu’il s’enquit.

Enfin, une opportunité s’est présentée cette année lorsqu’il a été autorisé à voyager avec Mujib Mashal, correspondant principal du New York Times, dans l’est de l’Afghanistan. Le voyage a été éprouvant pour les nerfs, en particulier lorsque la route goudronnée s’est transformée en terre alors que sa voiture passait du territoire contrôlé par le gouvernement au territoire des talibans et que des hommes camouflés armés de fusils se sont approchés de la voiture. Les hommes ont permis à M. Huylebroek de les photographier et, alors qu’ils se tenaient sur le bord de la route et que les enfants passaient, il a saisi le moment.

Mumbai, Inde, 26 mars

Un employé municipal fumigation un marché aux légumes. C’était le deuxième jour d’un verrouillage national annoncé par le Premier ministre Narendra Modi pour lutter contre l’épidémie de coronavirus.


Atul Loke pour le New York Times

Ponte San Pietro, Italie, 24 mars

Des membres de l’armée italienne et de la police militaire ont chargé des cercueils dans des camions pour être emmenés hors de la ville. Les cimetières et les services de crémation de la région de Bergame ont eu du mal à faire face à une augmentation du nombre de décès dus aux coronavirus.


Fabio Bucciarelli pour le New York Times

São Paulo, Brésil, 18 mars

Les résidents du bâtiment Copan se sont rassemblés à leurs fenêtres pour protester contre la réponse pandémique du président Jair Bolsonaro, qui a qualifié le coronavirus de «fantasme» démesuré par les rivaux politiques et la presse pour affaiblir son gouvernement.


Victor Moriyama pour le New York Times

Victor Moriyama voyageait pour le travail à la mi-mars lorsqu’il est rentré chez lui à São
Paulo pour trouver que la ville se préparait au virus.

Le président Jair Bolsonaro avait minimisé la menace de la maladie et les citoyens étaient inquiets et en colère. Ils protestaient, mais le faisaient en toute sécurité depuis leur domicile. M. Moriyama voulait capturer la manifestation de l’extérieur de l’un des bâtiments les plus célèbres de la ville et a pris la photo alors que des dizaines de résidents venaient à leurs fenêtres pour exprimer leur mécontentement à l’égard de leur président.

«C’était fantastique», dit-il. «Le bruit des gens était comme une sorte d’orchestre.

New York, 28 mars

Brittainy Newman, une photographe, et sa mère, Erika Kirkland, ont dîné dans des pièces séparées. Mme Newman avait une toux sèche et perdait son sens du goût, et s’isolait de sa mère par précaution.


Brittainy Newman / Le New York Times

Londres, 18 mars

Une rue vide aux heures de pointe à Londres. Très tôt, l’épidémie de coronavirus a stoppé brutalement les grandes métropoles.


Andrew Testa pour le New York Times

«Ce que montre cette image, c’est que les gens du Royaume-Uni agissaient en fait bien avant que le gouvernement ne le fasse, ce qui est exactement ce dont le gouvernement a été accusé – se traînant les pieds.

– Andrew Testa

Munich, 21 mars

Une station de métro sans navette au tout début de la pandémie. De nombreuses images d’espaces publics vides semblaient à la fois hantées et obsédantes.


Laetitia Vancon pour le New York Times

New York, 10 mars

Des familles juives ont célébré Pourim à Borough Park, à Brooklyn, l’une des plus grandes communautés juives orthodoxes en dehors d’Israël.


Ashley Gilbertson pour le New York Times

En février et mars, Ashley Gilbertson essayait de documenter ce que ressentaient les New-Yorkais en regardant les informations sur le virus dévastateur d’abord Wuhan, en Chine, puis des villes d’Italie.

Pour M. Gilbertson, la photo représentait le moment où les New-Yorkais savaient ce qui les attendait mais ne savaient pas trop quoi faire. «Nous essayions d’être normaux, mais nous essayions de commencer à prendre des précautions – mais quoi? Que faire? C’était une image de marcher sur une ligne sans pratiquement aucune information.

En mars, une épidémie de coronavirus a frappé les communautés juives de New Rochelle et M. Gilbertson savait que les gens y allaient et venaient jusqu’à Borough Park, à Brooklyn. À l’approche de la fête juive de Pourim, il se rendit à Borough Park pour voir si les gens faisaient preuve de prudence ou faisaient la fête. Il a trouvé des centaines de personnes habillées et dansant dans les rues.

«J’ai sauté dans ma voiture pour me rendre dans une autre partie du quartier et alors que je m’arrêtais au bloc, j’ai vu ces trois petites filles entassées dans la fenêtre, regardant tout le monde faire la fête», dit-il. «J’ai pris la photo. Dans le cadre après cette photo, les filles me regardaient. Dans l’image suivante, ils étaient partis. C’était l’un de ces moments qui a été absolument volé. Cela a existé un petit moment avant qu’ils ne me voient.

New York, 30 mars

Un employé de l’hôpital a regardé dans une tente reliée à une remorque réfrigérée, qui a été utilisée comme morgue à l’extérieur de Lenox Health Greenwich Village. La crise des coronavirus a poussé le système de la ville pour prendre soin des morts à ses limites.


Todd Heisler / Le New York Times

Paterson, N.J., 24 mars

Un pompier parle à un membre de la famille d’un patient suspecté de coronavirus. Alors que le virus frappait durement la ville fin mars, près de 80% des appels d’ambulance pour le coronavirus nécessitaient un transport à l’hôpital.


Chang W. Lee / Le New York Times

Scarsdale, N.Y., 16 mars

Les membres de la Garde nationale désinfectent les surfaces au Centre communautaire juif de Mid-Westchester. New York a créé une «zone de confinement» dans le comté de Westchester pour freiner la propagation du coronavirus.


Andrew Seng pour le New York Times

New York, 13 mars

Les acheteurs se sont précipités pour faire le plein de fournitures dans un Costco à Manhattan. Alors que le coronavirus se propageait et que les verrouillages se profilaient, les achats de panique de produits d’épicerie de base, de médicaments et de produits de nettoyage ont explosé.


Gabriela Bhaskar pour le New York Times

Milan, 13 mars

Les Italiens ont joué de la musique sur leurs balcons en signe de solidarité face au coronavirus, qui s’est rapidement propagé à travers le pays ce mois-là.


Alessandro Grassani pour le New York Times

Paris, le 18 mars

La place de la Concorde était vide à ce qui aurait normalement été l’heure de pointe du matin alors que la France entrait en lock-out.


Andrea Mantovani pour le New York Times

Andrea Mantovani a commencé le premier matin du verrouillage de Paris dans l’emblématique Place de la Concorde.

Son père l’avait emmenée là-bas lorsqu’elle était enfant pour lui montrer la vie vibrante et trépidante de sa ville natale. Elle fut stupéfaite de la trouver vide au milieu d’un ciel gris qui lui servait de toile de fond.

«J’avais l’impression que les Américains atterrissaient sur la lune», dit-elle.

Elle a pris une seule photo avant de continuer son travail et ce n’est qu’en rentrant chez elle et en regardant la photo sur son ordinateur portable qu’elle a réalisé à quel point c’était époustouflant de voir la place si dépourvue de vie.

«Je ne cherchais pas un chef-d’œuvre», dit-elle. «Pour moi, mes émotions étaient le chef-d’œuvre. J’étais totalement sous le choc.

New York, 16 avril

Kristen Dirks, une I.C.U. infirmière, a vérifié son équipement de protection individuelle dans un miroir à Central Park, où un hôpital de campagne d’urgence a été installé pour aider à soigner les patients.


Misha Friedman pour le New York Times

Elizabeth, N.J., 9 avril

Shawn’te Harvell, le directeur de la maison funéraire Smith, a préparé une visite à distance sociale pour une victime de Covid-19. La propagation du virus a privé de nombreuses familles des rituels habituels du deuil.


Todd Heisler / Le New York Times

«Maintenant, que ce soit pour aller dans les maisons des gens ou pour couvrir une manifestation, je fais constamment des calculs sur le risque que je prends – je me demande combien de temps c’est trop à un endroit donné.»

– Todd Heisler

Yonkers, N.Y., 6 avril

Un homme de 92 ans présentant des symptômes graves de Covid-19 a été intubé à son domicile par des médecins avant d’être transporté à l’hôpital.


John Moore / Getty Images

Columbus, Ohio, 13 avril

Les foules ont scandé « Ouvrez l’Ohio maintenant! » à la Statehouse pour protester contre l’ordre de rester à la maison du gouverneur Mike DeWine et la fermeture d’écoles et d’entreprises non essentielles.


Joshua A. Bickel / The Columbus Dispatch, via Associated Press

Joshua Bickel a été envoyé pour couvrir le briefing quotidien du gouverneur Mike DeWine à l’Ohio Statehouse en avril parce que son collègue du Columbus Dispatch avait été mis en congé, dans le cadre d’une tentative d’endiguer les pertes financières liées à la pandémie au journal.

M. Bickel avait vu plusieurs manifestants au Capitole quelques jours plus tôt et avait entendu dire que d’autres étaient attendus là-bas pour marquer leur opposition au mandat de masque du gouverneur. Certains photographes étaient à l’extérieur pour prendre des photos des manifestants, mais M. Bickel a fait le choix conscient de rester à l’intérieur. Les manifestants ont été démasqués et il ne voulait pas risquer cela.

«C’était en avril et je ne savais pas ce qui allait se passer», a-t-il déclaré. «Je voulais assurer ma sécurité et assurer la sécurité de ma famille.»

Au cours de la conférence de presse, certains des manifestants se sont approchés de l’extérieur de la salle de briefing et ont commencé à frapper aux fenêtres et à chanter. Il y a eu une accalmie dans le briefing, donc M. Bickel a eu un moment pour se promener.

«J’ai regardé par les portes où ils se trouvaient et je les ai vus se tenir là et je me suis dit:« C’est vraiment intense. »Ils étaient aux portes qui claquaient. Le cadrage des portes m’intéressait plutôt au niveau de la composition. Je suis allé à un angle plus avancé. Ils chantaient dehors, et vous pouviez les entendre tous faire ça en même temps, et j’essayais de les faire tous faire visuellement en même temps. Sur la photo, leurs bouches étaient toutes ouvertes et c’était un choix qui reflétait fidèlement ce qu’ils faisaient à l’époque. Je voulais faire quelque chose qui aurait un impact. Et je n’ai été devant lui que pendant 10 à 15 secondes au maximum. Je suis descendu plus loin près des fenêtres et un gars à l’extérieur m’a renversé, et je me suis dit: «OK, je vais bien.» »

São Paulo, Brésil, 7 avril

Les personnes en deuil ont dit au revoir à Wilma Bassuti, une victime de Covid-19, au cimetière de Vila Formosa, où des travailleurs en vêtements de protection étaient occupés à creuser des lignes sur des lignes de tombes ouvertes.


Victor Moriyama pour le New York Times

Queens, N.Y., 10 avril

Un patient Covid-19 au centre médical juif de Long Island. Les médecins ont vite appris que le fait de retourner les gens sur le ventre pouvait améliorer la respiration des personnes atteintes de détresse respiratoire.


Victor J.Blue pour le New York Times

Brooklyn, N.Y., 9 avril

Precious Anderson, une patiente de Covid-19, a montré son nouveau-né pour la première fois avec l’aide du Dr Erroll Byer Jr. et une vidéo en direct au Brooklyn Hospital Center.


Victor J.Blue pour le New York Times

Victor Bleu a travaillé avec la journaliste du New York Times Sheri Fink au début de la pandémie, documentant Covid-19 alors qu’il faisait rage dans les hôpitaux de New York.

«Tout le monde dans la ville avait peur», a déclaré M. Blue. «La chose la plus difficile au début était tellement de confusion autour du virus et de ce que cela signifiait pour les personnes vulnérables, en particulier les femmes enceintes. M. Blue avait vu Precious Anderson, qui était enceinte, sous respirateur dans une unité de soins intensifs. «Elle n’allait pas bien – il ne semblait pas qu’elle y arriverait», a-t-il déclaré. Pendant que Mme Anderson était intubée, les médecins ont accouché de son bébé par césarienne, et en quelques jours, Mme Anderson s’est améliorée. «Nous étions heureux de pouvoir faire une histoire dès le début qui a apporté une sorte d’espoir, que les gens pouvaient voir qu’il y avait des gens qui y survivaient», a-t-il déclaré. «Ce n’était pas le cas pour la plupart des personnes intubées.»

Queens, N.Y., 1er avril

Les ambulanciers paramédicaux ont travaillé pour réanimer un patient atteint de coronavirus dans un hôpital. L’arrondissement est devenu le centre de l’épidémie qui fait rage à New York.


Philip Montgomery pour le New York Times

Queens, N.Y., 16 avril

Cercueils avant d’être récupérés dans une maison funéraire. Alors que le virus ravageait New York, les hôpitaux débordants et les cimetières sauvegardés ont laissé les maisons funéraires épuisées.


Stephen Speranza pour le New York Times

Stephen Speranza avait photographié des scènes chaotiques en avril à New York près de l’hôpital Elmhurst dans le Queens, parmi les établissements les plus durement touchés par le virus au début. Il s’est rendu dans une maison funéraire familiale voisine.

« Ils avaient travaillé si longtemps et si dur », a-t-il dit. « Ils avaient une bonne camaraderie. » Dans la maison funéraire, le couloir menait à une grande pièce tout au fond. « Il y avait un de ces séparateurs de rideaux et elle a été grande ouverte et les boîtes ont été simplement disposées sur les chaises. Des boîtes en carton faites pour les corps.

« Je ne sais pas s’ils manquaient de boîtes ou quoi, mais ils avaient quelques chaises avec juste un morceau de contreplaqué et il y avait une personne décédée dessus avec juste un drap posé dessus. »

Queens, N.Y., 9 avril

Une femme portant des gommages médicaux, un masque de protection et un écran facial a voyagé dans une rame de métro presque vide dans le quartier de Far Rockaway alors que la fréquentation du métro plongeait.


Jonah Markowitz pour le New York Times

Rome, 10 avril

Le pape François a célébré le Vendredi saint sur une place Saint-Pierre vide du Vatican, loin de la procession habituelle qui attire des dizaines de milliers de personnes chaque année.


Nadia Shira Cohen pour le New York Times

Minneapolis, 2 avril

August Jane Harness-Jimenez, 2 ans, a pris sa place quotidienne à la fenêtre de sa chambre, d’où elle a appelé bonjour les personnes qui passaient dans une interaction bienvenue avec des voisins au milieu d’une commande de séjour à la maison dans tout l’État.


Angela Jimenez pour le New York Times

Hart Island, N.Y., 9 avril

Alors que la pandémie a fait plus de morts, de nombreux corps ont été envoyés dans le champ de potier de New York au large des côtes du Bronx, où pendant 150 ans la ville a enterré ses pauvres ou non réclamés.


Lucas Jackson / Reuters

Manhasset, N.Y., 19 avril

Eliana Marcela Rendón was comforted by her husband, Edilson Valencia, as her grandmother, Carmen Evelia Toro, 74, lost her battle against Covid-19 at a hospital on Long Island.


Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

The Bronx, N.Y., April 18

Sal Farenga, an owner of the Farenga Brothers Funeral Home, prepared a body for the embalming process. As the virus death toll mounted, he turned his casket showroom into a makeshift morgue.


Philip Montgomery for The New York Times

Brooklyn, N.Y., April 20

Bodies were stacked in a refrigerated trailer at the Brooklyn Hospital Center. More than 20,000 New Yorkers died in the spring surge of coronavirus infections.


Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

Newark, Del., April 30

A nurse took a moment in a massage chair in an “oasis” room at Christiana Hospital, set up to give stressed medical workers a breather.


Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Minneapolis, May 28

A third night of protests over the police killing of George Floyd. Explosive footage of Mr. Floyd’s arrest led to an F.B.I. civil rights investigation and the firing of all four officers involved.


Julio Cortez/Associated Press

Julio Cortez has long searched out the American flag to tell a story, knowing the important role it has played from Iwo Jima to the landing on the moon to the raising of the banner by firefighters after the attacks of Sept. 11.

On the last Thursday in May, days after the killing of George Floyd, Mr. Cortez was standing outside the Minneapolis police precinct that had been evacuated and set on fire by protesters.

“This photo was taken at 11:59 and 38 seconds, » he said. « It was just kind of symbolic of the turning point of the day. This was taken after spending about five hours photographing a lot of destruction, a lot of anger, a lot of emotion. »

“I was able to spot this man kind of away from everything, » he said. « He was a very tall person, and I’m not a tall person, and so for me to keep up I had to walk quickly. I wanted to position myself to show him with the fire behind him, knowing that the upside down flag is a symbol of distress.”

Mr. Cortez did not find out the man’s name, but believes his anonymity adds to the symbolism of the moment. “I kind of like it that he’s not identifiable. My director of photography said it perfectly: This could be anybody. That’s what makes it kind of special.”

Washington, May 13

President Trump in the Cabinet Room of the White House during a meeting with governors to discuss their states’ handling of the pandemic.


Doug Mills/The New York Times

Doug Mills has been photographing President Trump for The New York Times for the past four years. For most of 2020, fears about contracting the coronavirus while working in the White House and traveling with the president have weighed heavily on his mind.

“I think about it 24-7, from being worried about getting Covid, to sleepless nights thinking I had it, to worrying about bringing it home to my wife and my family, to dealing with it at every rally,” he said. “Literally from the time you wake up in the morning you thought about it. Everything you covered was impacted by Covid and being in the White House. Knock on wood, I didn’t get it, but I’m pretty religious about wearing a mask and I’m sure there’s some luck involved, too. It affected my work, day in and day out. It never leaves your mind — when you get off a plane and are fully masked up and you go into a rally, and no one is in a mask.”

Brooklyn, N.Y., May 15

Circles painted on the grass at Domino Park in Williamsburg helped people spend time outdoors while staying socially distanced from others.


Hilary Swift for The New York Times

Corcolle, Italy, May 14

Megan Vassallo of the Rony Roller Circus practiced her aerial silk techniques. The circus had been camped out on the outskirts of Rome since March, when the coronavirus lockdown began.


Nadia Shira Cohen for The New York Times

“Since the circus was closed and a lot of the performers were stuck elsewhere, the older kids of the circus were able to play on this aerial hoop every day. It was the center of this closed-down circus.”

— Nadia Shira Cohen

New York, May 13

Light from the Guggenheim Museum’s shuttered exhibition “Countryside, The Future” cast an alien glow onto Fifth Avenue.


Jeenah Moon for The New York Times

New York, May 1

In a pandemic-proof interview, the comedian Jerry Seinfeld spoke from his home quarantine about his new stand-up special and the future of comedy. “I’m not in the mood to be funny,” he said.


Daniel Arnold for The New York Times

“It was so weird,” said Daniel Arnold, of his assignment to take a portrait of Jerry Seinfeld over FaceTime. As a street photographer, Mr. Arnold had been photographing city life since the pandemic began.

“I just went out every day no matter what and walked and looked and rubbed my face in it, but I hadn’t had a job the whole time, so this was a curveball to have a FaceTime with Jerry Seinfeld.”

It was the beginning of May, and an in-person portrait seemed too risky.

“It was in my apartment, completely alone and visibly nervous; for some reason I really choked,” Mr. Arnold said. “I’m in my apartment taking pictures of Jerry Seinfeld on my TV, the most natural place for him to be, and there was a shockwave in the room, but also there was nothing I was going to do to change that. At that point, it was way too nerve-racking to be in a room with anybody. Everyone was in this stage of trying to figure out how to take pictures of each other.”

Wantagh, N.Y., May 24

Olivia Grant hugged her grandmother, Mary Grace Sileo, through a plastic drop cloth hung on a clothesline. It was their first contact since the start of the lockdown caused by the pandemic.


Al Bello/Getty Images

Al Bello, a sports photographer at Getty, was asked to cover the coronavirus outbreak since almost every kind of sport had been shut down.

On Memorial Day weekend, Mr. Bello learned that extended family on Long Island was gathering for the first time since the pandemic took hold. The grandparents were sad that they couldn’t touch their grandchildren. The family set up an elaborate backyard system with a plastic dropcloth strung over a clothesline so everyone could safely hug.

“It was translucent and I thought, ‘Well, if they hug, they might make some shapes with their faces,’” Mr. Bello said. “I just thought, ‘We’ll see what happens.’ Then the parents came. The kids, the grandparents, the husband, the wife. The grandmother got extremely emotional and was hugging the kids and holding their faces — grabbing their faces and not letting go.

“It was much more emotional than I’d anticipated, and I was just like, ‘Oof, this is happening right now.’ I just stood off to one side. It was nothing fancy, it was just what was happening in front of me.”

Manaus, Brazil, May 25

Rows of newly dug graves at a cemetery in Manaus, the Brazilian Amazon’s biggest city, where at one point every Covid-19 ward was full and 100 people a day were dying.


Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Brooklyn, N.Y., May 29

People lined up for food at a Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens pop-up at St. Finbar Catholic Church in the Bensonhurst neighborhood. Unemployment and hunger rose with pandemic-related job losses.


Yunghi Kim/Contact Press Images

“The realization that New York City needs to be fed and there are people hurting and the virus was still bad as people were starting to venture out — the whole thing just broke my heart. This wasn’t an assignment. This was my initiated story. I thought it was important.

— Yunghi Kim

Bronx, N.Y., May 5

A sealed-off entrance at the Wakefield-241st Street subway station. In its first overnight shutdown in 115 years, the New York subway system was closed from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. to disinfect trains and equipment.


Hilary Swift for The New York Times

“They had kicked all the homeless people off the trains and I thought it was really eerie to see the police tape up there. The whole scene felt like a noir film. It actually looked pretty spooky, which is really what the feeling of the city was and is. At the time there was so much unknown, and they were cleaning up the subways as if they were a crime scene.”

— Hilary Swift

Boston, May 12

Father Ryan Connors administered the Roman Catholic sacrament of anointing at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center. The archdiocese designated 21 priests to be trained to safely offer last rites to Covid-19 patients.


Ryan Christopher Jones for The New York Times

Ryan Christopher Jones was holed up in a hotel room in the Boston area in May, and every time the phone rang, he steeled himself. He was assigned to photograph last rites for victims of the coronavirus, and each phone call meant a death was imminent.

“It was definitely a difficult head place to be in,” Mr. Jones said. “I was just waiting for people to die.

“Once I got the call I would mobilize and hop in the car and put on my P.P.E. and had to be in the hospital within 20 minutes.

“I knew it was going to be an emotional challenge, but I had photographed sensitive stories before — a lot of addiction and overdose and immigration at the border. I’m used to situations fraught with emotion, but this was a different experience.”

The last rites were condensed to limit the priests’ exposure to the virus, so what normally would have been a 15-minute event lasted only about 90 seconds.

“I wanted to maintain the dignity of these people but I had to watch where I stepped because there were tubes all over and lines that were primed, and I didn’t want to block someone from getting fluids. I’m literally tiptoeing around this room for 90 seconds trying to make meaningful photos. It was by far the most intense thing I’ve ever photographed.”

Minneapolis, May 27

A woman at a protest against the killing of George Floyd, whose death in police custody led to demonstrations in more than 150 American cities.


Patience Zalanga

“This woman, she really broke my heart. It really reflects this deep pain that the city has felt over the past years. George Floyd wasn’t the only high-profile killing. This moment felt like a culmination of all those moments of injustice that have happened in Minneapolis and Minnesota.”

— Patience Zalanga

Minneapolis, May 31

Officers confronted protesters nearly a week after George Floyd was killed. Gov. Tim Walz of Minnesota activated the National Guard to help the police patrol the streets.


Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

Minneapolis, May 29

Demonstrators outside a burning fast food restaurant, four days after the killing of George Floyd. Businesses around the country sustained damage from widespread looting and arson.


John Minchillo/Associated Press

San Jose, Calif., May 29

A protester took a knee in front of a line of police officers during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd.


Dai Sugano/MediaNews Group/The Mercury News, via Getty Images

New York, June 4

Protesters marched in Manhattan as anger spread across the country over the killing of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.


Demetrius Freeman for The New York Times

From a death in police custody to a national reckoning

Black Lives Matter

The video from the night of May 25 in Minneapolis made its way around the United States and eventually the world: George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who was pinned to the ground by a white police officer, could be heard repeatedly saying the words

“I can’t breathe.”

Mr. Floyd’s death in police custody led to protests against racial injustice in more than 150 American cities.

The photographer Demetrius Freeman has been documenting the Black Lives Matter movement since 2013, when he was assigned to cover the protests after the acquittal of the man accused of killing Trayvon Martin, a Black teenager.

“There are a lot of stories that pull at me, but in this case I kept thinking, ‘Wow, that could have been me,’ and hearing my parents say the same thing,” he said.

A week after Mr. Floyd’s death, Mr. Freeman was at a protest in New York when he noticed a man with “I can’t breathe” on a flag. He felt as though the movement had taken on new urgency.

“Marching down a street you would see people — young white people — who you never would have thought of in 2013, banging pots and pans together and chanting ‘Black Lives Matter,’” he said.

New York, June 4

For days on end, thousands of demonstrators took to the city’s streets to denounce racial injustice and police brutality.


Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times

Simbarashe Cha photographed a march in Harlem, where he lives, on the day of a memorial service for George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Protesters in New York had decided to dress up in honor of the day since they couldn’t attend the funeral in person.

“I was really proud of us as people of color who wanted to recognize and be in solidarity with Mr. Floyd’s family,” he said.

« I think this group stopped to kneel three times in different places in the street, and every time it just seemed like people in the neighborhood were very respectful of protesters taking up the space. And when they got up to the hill there was this cascade of people going up 96th Street. It was such an amazing perspective. When you’re at the front of a march you never really know how big a crowd is until you move around, and everyone had stopped, and I could see everyone down the hill and it was breathtaking.”

South Royalton, Vt., June 6

A mother sheltered from the rain with her children as supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement gathered on the village green. The protests reached every corner of America.


Hilary Swift for The New York Times

Atlanta, June 22

Tomika Miller mourned at the coffin of her husband, Rayshard Brooks. Mr. Brooks was killed in an encounter with the police after falling asleep in his car outside a Wendy’s restaurant.


Pool photo by Curtis Compton

Washington, June 6

Demonstrators during a rally at the Lincoln Memorial, on a day when half a million people turned out to protest systemic racism in nearly 550 places across the United States.


Michael A. McCoy for The New York Times

St. Louis, June 28

Patricia and Mark McCloskey brandished firearms as protesters marched by their home. Their menacing display earned them the admiration of President Trump and a spot at the Republican National Convention.


Lawrence Bryant/Reuters

Lawrence Bryant was trailing a protest in St. Louis as demonstrators marched to the mayor’s house. Then they encountered Mark and Patricia McCloskey.

“The initial thing we heard was ‘Get out.’ I turned around and looked, and that’s when the wife came out toward the crowd. I was scared — I’m not going to lie. She looked really nervous. The husband was in the back with the AR. And I just didn’t know what their intentions were. My initial thought was to get behind something, so I tried to stay clear of the barrel of the gun. I was going back and forth and trying to stay out of her eyesight. Her finger was on the trigger. I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know whether she was just going to go Rambo. I was just confused about why they were even out there.”

Los Angeles, June 3

A moment of silence in front of the Hall of Justice. It was announced that Derek Chauvin, the officer who had pinned George Floyd to the ground, would face a charge of second-degree murder.


Bryan Denton for The New York Times

Washington, June 1

After protesters were dispersed with tear gas, President Trump headed to St. John’s Episcopal Church, which had been damaged in the unrest. There, the president held aloft a Bible as he posed for photos.


Doug Mills/The New York Times

Minneapolis, June 2

Protesters gathered near the site where George Floyd was arrested. More than a week after his death, demonstrators marched in cities including New York, Nashville, Seattle and Santa Monica, Calif.


Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times

Minneapolis, June 8

A visitor sat among the flowers, tributes and protest signs adorning a memorial at the intersection where George Floyd was fatally pinned with an officer’s knee on his neck.


Joshua Rashaad McFadden for The New York Times

Joshua Rashaad McFadden had already photographed unrest in Minneapolis and a memorial service for George Floyd. He drove from Minneapolis to Atlanta, to pick up some things in storage, and the night he arrived there another Black man, Rayshard Brooks, was killed by a police officer.

Protests that already had been underway in Atlanta over Mr. Floyd’s death took on more urgency after Mr. Brooks was killed.

“Things just went to another level,” he said. “I really don’t have the words for it. It was heartbreaking.”

He photographed a Black police officer during a standoff in which protesters were shouting at officers. “You couldn’t tell if he was listening or not and what’s going on in his head,” he said about the image. “That’s what draws you in.”

Atlanta, June 14

Officers were confronted by protesters after the killing of Rayshard Brooks, which left many once again incensed by the death of another Black man at the hands of the police.


Joshua Rashaad McFadden for The New York Times

Brooklyn, N.Y., June 8

A self-portrait by Dana Scruggs. Reflecting on her life amid the raging pandemic and mass protests, she said: “I haven’t felt like making work. I haven’t felt like doing much of anything since quarantine started.”


Dana Scruggs for The New York Times

“I’m a pretty morbid person, so when all of this was happening I was wondering, is Manhattan going to shut down? Maybe they’ll shut down the bridges,” said Dana Scruggs, a photographer who lives in Brooklyn and made self-portraits of her time in isolation.

“It was a very scary time and we didn’t know what was going on. I was pretty much preparing for the apocalypse. I got all these water-purification tablets in case the water went out; solar-powered batteries in case the infrastructure of America or New York just collapsed. A friend of mine had a walkie-talkie set and I got the same walkie-talkie set she had in case the phones went out. We had escape routes. I prepared for the worst.”

“I live by myself and I’m single and just the thought of dying alone in this apartment was very scary for me. That’s also why I ended up getting a dog. She probably would have eaten me. I just wanted somebody to spend time with and take care of. I guess when I was taking those photographs it was me making these vignettes of what my life was like.”

New York, June 10

The views of Manhattan from Williamsburg in Brooklyn usually draw out the crowds on a sunny day. But picnic tables remained empty as residents stayed home in the pandemic.


John Taggart for The New York Times

Jackson, Miss., June 27

Clara McMillin, 4, and her family did not face food insecurity before the pandemic. But then her mother lost her job as a military contractor and had to turn to a food bank for help.


Brenda Ann Kenneally for The New York Times

Brenda Kenneally went to Jackson, Miss., to photograph food insecurity in America during the pandemic.

“Lillian and her family were among the newly minted food insecure,” Ms. Kenneally said. “Her mom had come from a childhood of a lot of precarity and she was determined not to create that for her kids. She agreed to do the article because she wanted to let people know she had a well-paying job and was living the American dream and with the onset of Covid, all that disappeared.”

“At the time of the photo, she had not told her children where all the food was coming from,” Ms. Kenneally said.

Some of the food she received from pantries was more extravagant than what she would normally serve her family because donations had been pouring in from restaurants that had shuttered.

“Those were trickling down to food banks until it came to Clara’s birthday cake,” Ms. Kenneally said. “Normally, they would have gotten the traditional cake that you throw down 30 bucks for at the store, but they had this box cake and some food coloring and some ingenuity and they made this unicorn cake. They were kind of embarrassed by the cake in a certain way. It was this kind of class and food insecurity sting of shame and anxiety that still stayed with this young woman so much. The layers of shame that even when you’ve pulled yourself out you keep apologizing and laughing self-consciously about the cake. It was telling and deeply nuanced and not something you talk about usually when showing a food line. She thought it was important that people know it’s not some other folks who are suffering, it’s all of us.”

Manacapuru, Brazil, June 1

Hammocks, like the one being used to lift this man, became stretchers to carry coronavirus patients to boat ambulances in the hard-hit Amazon region.


Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

Tyler Hicks had been working in Manaus, a regional capital city in Brazil, to document the spread of the coronavirus across the Amazon.

He wound up traveling to Manacapuru, a small, remote area where the effects of the virus were even more apparent.

He donned protective gear and trailed health care workers from the hospital as they paid visits to sick patients. The team arrived at one building that housed several families. Mr. Hicks followed them down a long, poorly lit hallway.

“This man when I first saw him was in a hammock that was strung across the room,” Mr. Hicks said. “Part of this has to do with a lack of supplies and equipment but in this case they simply untied the hammock from both ends and carried this man in his own hammock out of his room down the hallway and outside to where the ambulance was waiting.

“It wasn’t very apparent when we were inside because it was so poorly lit, but as we got outside, that was the first time I really saw his face and how ill he looked,” Mr. Hicks said. “Once the light hit the pores of his skin and the wrinkles in his face, it was clear that he had been very ill and probably hadn’t been eating very well and was dehydrated. I just was able to take one or two frames as they were hoisting him along. Just moments later he was loaded into an ambulance and that was the last time I saw him.”

Mexico City, June 24

Workers burned the coffins of Covid-19 victims after their bodies had been cremated. Mexico had one of the highest coronavirus death tolls in the world.


Marco Ugarte/Associated Press

Selma, Ala., July 26

A horse-drawn carriage carried the body of Representative John Lewis across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where, in 1965, Mr. Lewis was beaten while marching with voting rights activists.


Timothy Ivy for The New York Times

When he was a student at the University of Mississippi, Timothy Ivy first learned about Representative John Lewis. Mr. Ivy, who was studying journalism, was transfixed by Mr. Lewis’s civil rights struggles.

“So now, some 30-plus years later, I had of course grown this respect for him — respect and admiration. I always had wanted to capture a nice portrait of him when he was alive,” Mr. Ivy said, but he never had the chance.

In July, when he learned that the body of Mr. Lewis would be carried across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., where five decades earlier he had been beaten while leading a march for voting rights that came to be known as Bloody Sunday, Mr. Ivy decided to photograph the event.

“My goal was to capture the wagon as it was coming over the crest of the bridge with this sign in the background to show his last crossing,” Mr. Ivy said. “I’m kneeling down low and before they started the procession, some people from the funeral home put a bunch of rose petals on the bridge, which was kind of eerie, to signify Bloody Sunday.”

The bridge crossing offered a moment of reflection after weeks of tumult over racial injustice in America, he said.

“Considering all that’s been going on this year and the past few years — and of course, if you speak to any Black person in America they’ll say it’s been going on our whole lives — this moment was a sense of pause to pay respect and pay honor to someone who symbolized the efforts. It was a passing of the guard for his history and activism. To me, it was also fascinating to see the crowd and how many people showed up far and wide to pay this last honor to him.”

Syracuse, N.Y., July 27

Michele Jones Galvin and her mother, Joyce Stokes Jones, who are descendants of the abolitionist and suffragist Harriet Tubman. The 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote, was ratified 100 years ago.


Haruka Sakaguchi for The New York Times

New York, July 9

New York City painted a Black Lives Matter mural on Fifth Avenue outside Trump Tower. The city’s announcement of the painting provoked an inflammatory response from President Trump.


Demetrius Freeman for The New York Times

San Antonio, July 17

A drive-in movie in San Antonio. During the pandemic, the drive-in theater, a low-tech vestige of another era, emerged across the country as a popular pastime.


Christopher Lee for The New York Times

“When you’re looking for these pictures, you’re looking for these moments, and these two lovers, they made it a point to string up some lights and make it a little bit of a homey experience. People were just trying to enjoy as much of the experience as possible. I really appreciated the ingenuity and how delicate the moment was.”

— Christopher Lee

Atlantic City, N.J., July 2

Showgirls wearing protective masks inside the Ocean Casino Resort. Some casinos reopened in July with coronavirus restrictions, including temperature checks, limited capacity and mask requirements.


Michelle Gustafson for The New York Times

Brooklyn, N.Y., July 4

Jorge and Rosangela Gavilan celebrated the Fourth of July with their families on the beach at Coney Island.


Sarah Blesener for The New York Times

New York, July 24

The New York Mets hosted the Atlanta Braves for their season opener. Instead of fans sitting in the stands, there were cardboard cutouts.


Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Austin, Texas, July 2

Vehicles lining up at a drive-through testing site during a surge of coronavirus cases in the state. Texas was one of the first states to lift its lockdown.


Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times

Houston, July 15

A coronavirus patient on a ventilator at Houston Methodist Hospital. During the summer surge, the hospital created new virus wards, hired traveling nurses and ramped up testing efforts.


Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Portland, Ore., July 22

Federal agents clashed with protesters near the federal courthouse downtown. The Trump administration sent federal agents to Portland and other cities to stamp out protests.


Mason Trinca for The New York Times

Mason Trinca covered the racial injustice protests that roiled Portland, Ore., for weeks.

“Every day felt like folks were trying to ask for something they couldn’t attain ever,” he said. “They wanted the Feds to leave and it felt like there wasn’t going to be a compromise.”

To Mr. Trinca, the photograph captured a moment that was a recurring theme of every protest during that period: a stalemate.

“This was one of those nights we were seeing the Feds periodically coming out and clearing the park and federal buildings. You can see the tear gas fuming into the streets. It seems theatrical and it really was, but that was a moment when there was a pause and a standoff between several protesters in the street and the Feds. It was this moment where both sides knew this was a stalemate. You would see time and again these moments like that where both sides were like, ‘Now what?’”

Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 28

President Trump returning from a rally in Londonderry, N.H. Despite the pandemic, he resumed campaigning for re-election in key battleground states.


Doug Mills/The New York Times

Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 5

Two explosions, one very powerful, killed over 190 people and injured more than 6,000. No one had taken action to secure 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a hangar in the city’s port.


Hussein Malla/Associated Press

Hussein Malla was at home in Beirut editing photos when a loud explosion rocked his apartment.

“The ground underneath me started shaking,” he said. “My family started screaming and we ran to each other and held each other. I thought it was an earthquake. I thought it was an airstrike.”

Mr. Malla went outside to investigate and realized the blast had come from the seaport, about three miles from his home. He headed there immediately and spent the day photographing the horrific scene. It was only when he returned home just before midnight and turned on the local television news that he realized the blast had caused such widespread destruction throughout the entire city.

He woke up before sunrise the next day and took his drone for a better view of the seaport and skyline of the city. “I didn’t believe what I was looking at on the screen,” he said. “From the air you could see everything. All the damage.”

Beirut, Lebanon, Aug. 7

One of the hundreds of thousands of people left homeless by the disaster in the city’s port, which reduced some neighborhoods to rubble.


Diego Ibarra Sánchez for The New York Times

Diego Ibarra Sánchez, who lives in Beirut, Lebanon, had just left the city to vacation in Spain when a blast at the seaport shook his home city. He immediately flew home and began taking pictures as he wandered amid the destruction.

Many photographers headed to wealthy neighborhoods to document the damage but at about 5:30 one morning Mr. Sánchez went to a working-class neighborhood that is home to many immigrants. He came across a man whose apartment had been destroyed in the explosion. He was left to sleep outside.

“He lost everything,” Mr. Sánchez said. “His whole house that he was renting was not only completely destroyed but all his furniture and everything was gone.”

Mr. Sánchez has stayed in touch with the man, Mohamed, who has six children. The family is now crammed into a small, one-room apartment. The owner of the apartment building where he had been living received financial help from the government, but tenants like Mohamed weren’t so lucky.

Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 27

The widow of a man shot during a confrontation between the police and drug gangs. Police killings surged in Rio, with officers protected by their bosses and politicians.


Ricardo Moraes/Reuters

Azusa, Calif, Aug. 13

A wildfire burned more than 4,200 acres during the most active wildfire year on record for the West Coast. Climate change and outdated forest management practices provided kindling for the infernos.


Meridith Kohut for The New York Times

“I chased fires up and down California for weeks then finally came to this fire. There was a stream running behind the neighborhood so I had this clear shot of an actual neighborhood with fire coming down the hills.”

— Meridith Kohut

Lake Charles, La., Aug. 28

Outside a motel after Hurricane Laura slammed into the Louisiana coast. With winds up to 150 miles per hour, the storm was one of the strongest ever to hit the U.S. mainland.


William Widmer for The New York Times

Brooklyn, N.Y., Aug. 5

Chrissy Sample with her son Cassius, whose twin died in the womb. Black mothers and infants are more likely to die during childbirth than their white counterparts, a problem worsened by the pandemic.


Flo Ngala for The New York Times

Flo Ngala always tries to make the subjects of her photographs feel at ease. But she felt a special emotional connection with a Black woman who had been pregnant with twins, and had lost one of them after she experienced pain but was unable to get an appointment to see a doctor.

Statistics show that women of color are more likely to face undesirable outcomes in their pregnancies for reasons that public health experts are trying to understand.

“It was very personally and culturally relevant,” she said. “Me being a Black woman, photographing a Black woman, it’s almost like we jumped into it like we knew each other. I showed up to what would normally be a 20-minute portrait, but I ended up hanging out for about an hour. This is not just about a newspaper, this is your life and your unborn child.

« Her best friend was there and we all just started talking and it was crazy to see how emotional I got,” she said.

“I cried when I was photographing. The stories were just heartbreaking.”

Tivoli, N.Y., Aug. 1

“The Dream Continues,” a 30-minute outdoor dance program at the Kaatsbaan Summer Festival. It was one of the few places in America to offer live dance during the pandemic.


Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Sara Krulwich, a theater photographer, had 36 photo assignments lined up for the spring canceled on a single day, March 13, as fears about the coronavirus mounted in New York.

“Spring is a really, really busy time when an enormous amount of theater happens and new shows open right before the Tony Awards deadline,” she said. “Usually I would work seven plays and maybe some opera every week. For me to just suddenly have it all disappear was crazy.”

She had a single job, a portrait assignment, until Aug. 1, when she was assigned to photograph one of the first dance performances held in New York since the start of the outbreak. It was upstate, on an outdoor stage.

She had to download an app that guided her through health questions to make sure she was not showing Covid symptoms, something that is now routine for many institutions but was new back then.

“It was all new for everybody,” she said. “It was a beautiful day and a gorgeous space, and we were all almost weeping at the end for the sheer relief that people could perform again.”

Albuquerque, Aug. 19

Juanita Lujan, 94, at a nursing home that was converted into a center to treat coronavirus patients. Ms. Lujan later recovered and was transferred back to her senior community in Las Cruces.


Isadora Kosofsky for The New York Times

Wilmington, Del., Aug. 19

Senator Kamala Harris accepting the Democratic nomination for vice president, becoming the first Black woman and the first person of Indian descent to be nominated for national office by a major party.


Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Cortland, N.Y., Aug. 20; Irondequoit, N.Y., Aug. 27

A livestream projected on a wall, top, showed former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. accepting the Democratic presidential nomination. A home theater projector displayed President Trump accepting the Republican nomination for a second term.


Damon Winter/The New York Times

Damon Winter had to change his plans when the national political conventions became largely remote events.

Mr. Winter decided that since he wasn’t going to be photographing a crowded auditorium of giddy delegates, he would project livestreamed images from the conventions into people’s homes. “I love this idea of the conventions coming into their bedroom or living room. Wherever people consume news.”

Oroville, Calif., Sept. 9

The fast-moving Bear fire, propelled by winds as strong as 45 miles an hour, burned a hillside by the Bidwell Bar Bridge. The wildfire tore through 230,000 acres in one 24-hour period.


Noah Berger/Associated Press

Noah Berger slept in his car while covering protests for racial justice in Portland, Ore., because a car seemed safer than a hotel when it came to the coronavirus. He left the marches to immediately drive four or five hours south, to the wildfires raging in California.

He was working outside Fresno for two days, and at one point became trapped when the only road out of the area was engulfed in flames. He and a colleague were watching the footage of fires elsewhere on a webcam, astonished at the images coming across even in a grainy, low-quality format. He drove to the site.

The fires were among the deadliest on record, consuming millions of acres. He started taking photos from various vantage points at 11:30 p.m., and then came across the Bidwell Bar Bridge set against a blazing orange backdrop.

“It was this whole impressive scene with the hillside glowing. I couldn’t find a piece that goes on my tripod, so I rested the camera on the hood of a car. I used a consumer device meant to hold an iPad. Then I used a post that was part of guardrail. I shot about 23 frames and almost all of them are blurred or something is in the way. Luckily I did have this one frame that was sharp and didn’t have grass sticking up in the middle.”

He checked the time when he was finished photographing. He had worked 32 hours straight.

Barcelona, Sept. 4

Francisco España, 60, a Covid-19 patient who had spent weeks in an intensive care unit, was brought out of the hospital by medical staff for a calming look at the sea.


Emilio Morenatti/Associated Press

Emilio Morenatti photographed medical workers at a Barcelona hospital who were trying to understand whether trips to the seaside would help patients recovering from traumatic intensive care.

“They would put them outside the hospital when they were in a good enough condition to try to offer them their first contact with the outside air and the sun and use the ambience of the sea to try to normalize their life,” Mr. Morenatti said.

The subject of the photo, Francisco España, had spent 52 days in an intensive care unit trying to recover from Covid-19. He was allowed to spend 10 minutes on the promenade overlooking the sea, just across the street from the hospital.

It was not that long after Spain had been locked down to stop the spread of the virus, and passers-by along the promenade kept a wide berth from the patient in a hospital bed who appeared on the sidewalk.

“He told me he thought he was going to die, and when he spent this time in front of the sea he realized he was alive,” Mr. Morenatti said. “When he came back, he felt full of energy.”

West Palm Beach, Fla., Sept. 7

Supporters of President Trump took part in a boat parade along the Intracoastal Waterway, starting in Jupiter and ending near the president’s Mar-a-Lago estate.


Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Philadelphia, Sept. 17

Kamala Harris — rear left, in a dark suit and white shirt — campaigned in a backyard. She urged Black Americans in the city, and across the country, to vote.


Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times

Phoenix, Sept. 30

Darlene Martinez, a Maricopa County constable, escorted a family out of their apartment after serving an eviction order. The pandemic left millions of people unemployed and struggling to keep up payments on their homes.


John Moore/Getty Images

John Moore spent time in September and October photographing Covid-related evictions in Arizona in Maricopa County, one of the largest counties in the country.

The state had enacted a moratorium on evictions to protect the vulnerable, and a nationwide moratorium had also been put in place, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, yet an alarming number of people were still finding themselves forced from their homes.

“There are many people on the lower end of the economic spectrum who do not know about the C.D.C. guidelines and state protections they should have, » Mr. Moore said. « It sounds strange to say, but many low-income people who have been affected by this pandemic have lives that are in utter chaos right now, whether it’s physical effects on family members or the economic situation they find themselves in. Even though all one needs to do is download a form from the C.D.C. website and give it to their landlord, many people don’t know to do that. They don’t show up to court dates because their lives are in chaos. This is happening all over the United States. If the C.D.C. moratorium on evictions lapses at the end of this year without additional solutions, we can expect a nationwide tidal wave of evictions in early 2021. The pandemic economy has put many renters, and in some cases landlords, in an extremely precarious situation.”

Lesbos, Greece, Sept. 9

Migrants fled as fires tore through the Moria refugee camp, leaving 12,000 people homeless, including 4,000 children.


Petros Giannakouris/Associated Press

Minsk, Belarus, Sept. 8

Supporters of Maria Kolesnikova, an opposition leader, resisted detention by the police. Ms. Kolesnikova had been abducted by security agents and taken to the Ukrainian border, where she destroyed her passport to avoid expulsion.


Yauhen Yerchak/European Pressphoto Agency, via Shutterstock

Washington, Sept. 25

The women of Congress lined the steps as the coffin of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was carried from the Capitol. She was the first woman to lie in state there.


Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Washington, Sept. 26

Supporters of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, prayed at the doors of the court as Jacquelyn Booth lay on the marble portico mourning the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Washington, Sept. 29

Judge Amy Coney Barrett met with Vice President Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, as Republicans moved to swiftly secure her confirmation to the Supreme Court.


Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Erin Schaff photographed Amy Coney Barrett’s first meeting with senators on Capitol Hill not long after the White House announcement of Ms. Barrett’s nomination, which wound up being a Covid super-spreader event.

Ms. Schaff had also photographed an intensive care unit for Covid patients. In some ways, the hospital felt safer than Capitol Hill.

“In a Covid ward, everyone is wearing face masks, sanitizing and taking the virus seriously. It’s not political, it’s their lives. These folks are the ones holding the iPad as families try to communicate with loved ones on ventilators. There are specific protocols for how to protect yourself when you enter the room of a patient with Covid-19, and then when you leave and disinfect yourself you can go outside, eat food and generally be safe,” she said. “There’s no clean area in politics.”

Before the pandemic, Ms. Schaff was accustomed to jostling among photographers and crowds as she went about her work on Capitol Hill. With Covid, she was often one of just two pool photographers shooting events.

“I look back at photos from the beginning of the year with impeachment, when we were all in these big crowds or around politicians, and any time I look back at a photo with so many people close together I kind of cringe. It’ll take a long time for that to go away.”

Washington, Sept. 15

President Trump met the prime minister of Israel and the foreign ministers of Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates at the White House, where agreements were signed to normalize relations between Israel and the two Arab nations.


Doug Mills/The New York Times

Wilmington, Del., Sept. 14

Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic presidential nominee, spoke about climate change at a socially distanced campaign stop at the Delaware Museum of Natural History.


Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Oroville, Calif., Sept. 9

An orange haze hung over Lake Oroville after the Bear fire, which became part of the deadly North Complex fire, burned through the area.


Max Whittaker for The New York Times

Max Whittaker arrived in Plumas National Forest in California on Sept. 9, the day after high winds fanned the smoldering North Complex fire as it raged through the area.

“I found this apocalyptic scene of molten-orange sky and dark clouds of smoke over Lake Oroville, » he said. « I’d already been documenting California’s record-shattering wildfire season for weeks, and this vista seemed to provide a vision of the state’s future.”

Wildfires fueled by climate change threaten not only the forests and the homes of those directly affected, but also the smoke-choked communities hundreds of miles away.

Mr. Whittaker continued driving around the lake before finding the small town of Berry Creek reduced to ashes. Fifteen of its residents had been killed.

“I was stunned to see the town completely annihilated, » he said. « Its only store, school and even firehouse with engines inside were burned completely. At one residence, dogs limped up to me on burned paws. I gave them all my water.”

Westport, Conn., Sept. 17

The fashion designer Christian Siriano showed his spring 2021 collection, featuring poufs, flamenco ruffles and face masks, at his Connecticut home.


Simbarashe Cha for The New York Times

“Even though it was a Covid situation it was one of the best fashion show experiences I’ve had. The intimacy and the relaxed nature of it — you kind of got the feeling that Christian knew most of the people there or had a connection to them, so there wasn’t this facade or air or any one person or group of people being above each other.”

— Simbarashe Cha

Washington, Oct. 5

President Trump removed his mask upon returning to the White House after his hospitalization for Covid-19. He played down the risks of the coronavirus, even as an outbreak was growing among his staff members.


Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times

Anna Moneymaker landed the assignment to photograph Mr. Trump returning to the White House after being hospitalized for Covid-19 at a time when other photographers who work there were in quarantine.

“We were taken out to the South Lawn and it was just like a normal Marine One landing, but this one was different because he was just coming back from the hospital. Usually the president goes into the Diplomatic Reception Room, but this time they said he was going to walk up to the Truman Balcony and wave to Marine One.”

Photographers are generally penned in on the side of a driveway for Marine One landings, but the Secret Service this time allowed Ms. Moneymaker and others to get a bit closer.

“Things just started happening. It was a scramble. I wanted to frame him well so he lined up with the columns and the door behind him. I lifted my camera up. There’s a helicopter blaring behind us and he had a mask on, and the agents were kind of pushing us and saying it’s not safe to be this close to the helicopter, and he took the mask off. It was surreal.”

Washington, Oct. 24

Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg set up over 220,000 white flags as part of an art installation outside the D.C. Armory to represent the nation’s death toll from the coronavirus at the time.


Stefani Reynolds for The New York Times

Kalamazoo, Mich., Oct. 9

For months, Michigan Election Resources and other printing plants across the country struggled to meet the surge in demand for mail ballots, which required the work of additional machines and people.


Christopher Payne for The New York Times

Gettysburg, Pa., Oct. 6

Joseph R. Biden Jr. after delivering an impassioned call for unity at a campaign event near the Civil War battlefield that serves as a symbol of a country split against itself.


Damon Winter/The New York Times

Damon Winter had been hoping to photograph a portrait of Joseph R. Biden Jr. for months.

Finally, the opportunity arose in October in Gettysburg after Mr. Biden made a speech focusing on national reconciliation. Mr. Winter, who shoots for the New York Times Opinion section, wanted a formal portrait yet one that would signify that these were different times, so he chose an outdoor setting.

“I found this little area next to a lake and was hoping he would come down and do this. I had read our New York Times endorsement of him and was thinking of the tranquility and hopefully calm that a Biden presidency would represent. There were all these competing notions in my head.”

Tampa, Fla., Oct. 14

A drive-through testing site for the coronavirus. Florida, which locked down late and rushed to reopen, was one of the hardest-hit states.


Damon Winter/The New York Times

Barda, Azerbaijan, Oct. 28

A woman grieving over the body of her brother, who was killed in a rocket attack. Decades-long tensions over the Nagorno-Karabakh territory exploded into open warfare between Azerbaijan and Armenia.


Ivor Prickett for The New York Times

Bangkok, Oct. 16

An antigovernment protester clashed with officers, who dispersed crowds with water cannons that sprayed a chemical irritant. The peaceful protests went on for weeks, encapsulated by the slogan “Resign, Rewrite, Reform.”


Adam Dean for The New York Times

“There was this phalanx of riot police six deep backed up by water cannon trucks, and some of the older, maybe hard-line, faction had gone up to try and stop the advance of the riot police and built temporary barricades out of anything they could find on the street. And there was this standoff. Then the police fired a burst of water.”

— Adam Dean

Philadelphia, Oct.  21

Former President Barack Obama at a drive-in rally for Joseph R. Biden Jr. Mr. Obama criticized President Trump’s handling of the pandemic and warned that his re-election would “tear our democracy down.”


Kriston Jae Bethel for The New York Times

“It was interesting seeing this rally with everybody in their cars or standing in small groups with masks on. We were waiting for Obama to come out, and he finally comes out and the crowd goes crazy to see him and it felt like we were taken back to a moment in time that was pre-Covid and back to his presidency.”

— Kriston Jae Bethel

San Francisco, Oct. 22

A drive-in watch party for the final presidential debate. The candidates’ microphones were muted at times to avoid a repeat of their first face-off, a chaotic spectacle with frequent interruptions.


Jim Wilson/The New York Times

San Diego, Oct. 8

New Marine Corps recruits during basic training. After missteps led to outbreaks in the U.S. military, a strict strategy of quarantining, mask-wearing and handwashing kept the coronavirus at bay.


Ariana Drehsler for The New York Times

Brooklyn, N.Y., Oct. 21

Masks from the movie “The Strangers,” in which sadistic killers terrorize a young couple. Even before the pandemic made masks an everyday inconvenience, they occupied a mighty space in our cultural imagination.


Yael Malka and Cait Oppermann for The New York Times

Sanford, Fla., Oct. 12

President Trump, eager to prove he was healthy and energetic despite his recent hospitalization for Covid-19, returned to the campaign trail in Florida, claiming he was immune to the virus.


Doug Mills/The New York Times

Lansing, Mich., Nov. 3

Counting ballots on election night. Joseph R. Biden Jr. narrowly won the state, and President Trump contested the results, filing a flurry of lawsuits in Michigan and other states he lost.


Philip Montgomery for The New York Times

Nearly 160 million people weighed in on Biden vs. Trump

Voting in a Pandemic

The 2020 election featured a number of milestones: Kamala Harris became the first woman, first Black person and first person of South Asian descent to win the vice presidency. The Democratic National Convention held its first virtual convention, with video grids of people clapping along from home. And a record number of ballots were cast: nearly 160 million, with both parties getting more votes than in 2016 in nearly every county.

Some people got to the polls on horseback: Sharon Chischilly photographed members of the Navajo Nation riding to vote in Arizona. In Brooklyn, Andrew Seng captured people voting in a grand renovated theater. And many people around the country mailed in their ballots ahead of time because of fears around the virus.

On election night in the battleground state of Michigan, Philip Montgomery watched as election workers tallied votes.

“I didn’t realize how grass roots and analog it was,” he said. “The conversation around this election was how fragile the system is, but also how strong it is. The men and women in that room had been there very early. It was a thriving ecosystem among this organized chaos. It was such a small room and really the hands-on democracy was incredible to see.”

Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 3

The Kings Theater, which reopened in the Flatbush neighborhood in 2015 after a $95 million renovation, served as a polling site.


Andrew Seng for The New York Times

“I just noticed this one dark corner of the theater and initially was drawn to the aesthetic of it. But it began to symbolize other things to me. I was thinking the election would serve as a beacon of light and hope and perceived change, but I saw a flip side as well.”

— Andrew Seng

Kayenta, Ariz., Nov. 3

Members of the Navajo Nation heading to the polls. The reservation’s geographic isolation made absentee voting a challenge.


Sharon Chischilly for The New York Times

Sharon Chischilly photographed members of the Navajo nation on Election Day, riding by horseback to vote. She trailed them on their more than an hourlong ride to the polls, hopping out of the car to photograph them at various points.

“They wanted to keep their tradition alive. I was pretty aware of this as a member of the Navajo Nation myself. It seemed like everybody knew each other, and you could see this energy of how excited they were. People were driving by in their cars and honking their horns when they passed them. I think it did really inspire a lot of Navajo people to go out and vote.”

Wilmington, Del., Nov. 6

A supporter of Joseph R. Biden Jr. held balloons in a parking lot where Mr. Biden was expected to speak. The outcome of the election had still not been determined.


Amr Alfiky/The New York Times

Pomona, Calif., Nov. 3

Election ballots waiting to be sent for counting. Californians played a major role in a historic surge in turnout, with the nation surpassing 150 million votes for the first time.


Gabriella Angotti-Jones for The New York Times

Gabriella Angotti-Jones spent Election Day in Southern California, looking for unique images of the American act of voting in a year that was anything but ordinary.

She arrived a few minutes late at a sorting center where mail-in ballots were being counted and joined a tour of the facility. A few boxes of ballots caught her eye.

“There was this random glass door in a completely ugly room with a fluorescent light that allowed a beautiful stream of light to come through,” Ms. Angotti-Jones said. “Then the shaft of light left, and it was gone and I thought, Oh, if I wasn’t late I wouldn’t have got this picture.”

Philadelphia, Nov. 6

Joanne Young, a supporter of President Trump, demonstrating outside the city’s convention center as votes were counted. Claims that election observers had not been allowed to watch the tally were deemed to be without merit.


Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

Atlanta, Nov. 7

Laura Rodríguez and Ariana Lyon embraced as they watched Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s first address as president-elect. His victory set off jubilant celebrations in Democratic-leaning cities nationwide.


Meridith Kohut for The New York Times

Sterling, Va., Nov. 7

President Trump acknowledged supporters as he left Trump National Golf Club. He was golfing when major news outlets announced that he had lost his bid for re-election.


Pete Marovich for The New York Times

Wilmington, Del., Nov. 7

Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Kamala Harris gave their first addresses to the nation as president-elect and vice president-elect, after Pennsylvania’s tally gave Mr. Biden the necessary Electoral College votes to secure victory.


Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Baltimore, Nov. 16

Paige Myers, 5, arriving for her first day of in-person kindergarten since the pandemic began. School districts across the country grappled with when and how to safely reopen classrooms.


Rosem Morton for The New York Times

Wilmington, Del., Nov. 24

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. introduced several picks for his national security team at The Queen theater, declaring they were “ready to lead the world, not retreat from it.”


Anna Moneymaker for The New York Times

Seriate, Italy, Nov. 6

Medical workers tended to a patient with severe respiratory symptoms in the province of Bergamo. The northern Italian province became one of the deadliest killing fields for the virus in the Western world.


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Houston, Nov. 26

A doctor comforted a Covid-19 patient in an intensive care unit. The United States has had more confirmed coronavirus cases and related deaths than any other country.


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Moscow, Dec. 7

A medic inoculating a patient, who is also a doctor, with Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine at a clinic. The final trial of the vaccine is yet to be completed.


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“Moscow authorities are mostly reluctant to give any access to foreign media, but at this moment it is important for public relations because they are basically the first ones to do this. Only 40 percent of people here support this idea of mass vaccination and trust the vaccine. Authorities are trying to overcome this reluctancy.”

— Sergey Ponomarev

Paris, Dec. 4

Visitors will soon be able to see the Mona Lisa again at the Louvre. The museum, which has been closed since late October, is reopening on Dec. 16.


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Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Dec. 1

The Netherlands expanded its approach to coronavirus testing with so called XL test streets like this one, where 5,000 tests can be administered per day.


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Ilvy Njiokiktjien went to the south of the Netherlands to photograph new coronavirus testing sites that opened to process tens of thousands of tests a day.

The city of Eindhoven, where revelers gathered in February to celebrate Carnival, had one of the country’s worst outbreaks.

“The Netherlands was very much behind in testing,” she said. “They’ve now scaled up the testing capacity, and this was the first day when it opened up, and it was quite calm.”

Hamdayet, Sudan, Dec. 5

Ethiopian refugees shared a shelter in Sudan. At least 45,000 people have fled war in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray. Aid groups warn that another 100,000 refugees may follow in the next six months if fighting continues.


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Valdosta, Ga., Dec. 5

The last supporter at a Republican rally in Georgia, where two runoffs will determine the majority in the U.S. Senate. President Trump had made an appearance, but mainly to complain about his own election loss.


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Anchorage, Dec. 4

Lillian Foster and Teagan Glidden took a photograph with Santa at Bass Pro Shops, but there was no sitting on his lap. This year, Santa is staying behind a screen and wearing a visor.


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“I am a mother with two kids, and just looking at their experience and thinking about connection and what it means for these little people, I started asking around to people, ‘Where’s Santa?’ I found him, and he had this glass plate and a visor so he didn’t have to have a mask on, and I just thought this was so telling of this time. These little girls were 3 years old. Almost a third of their life has been in the pandemic. And see how smiley they look, how normal it is, and it’s Santa in a box.”

— Ash Adams

Coventry, England, Dec. 8

Medical workers cheered for Margaret Keenan, 90, after she became the first person in Britain to receive the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. “I feel so privileged,” she said.


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